Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play the interracial couple, whose marriage was illegal according to their home state of Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws.They took their case to the Supreme Court in a landmark civil rights fight that they won in 1967."I can't think of anyone who is Spanish with Spanish, Black with Black or Sri Lankan with Sri Lankan," says Karol.
"To say that a court decision came down and all was solved is a gross oversimplification," says Nichols, pointing to how much progress we've achieved but how much further we have to go.
"Just because the Supreme Court says interracial marriage is valid doesn't mean it's accepted. As a society we have a much more extended period of acceptance, a process that we need to go through." Since the Loving case, the number of interracial marriages in the U. has grown from fewer than 300,000 to 9 million (6.9 per cent) according to the 2010 census.
During their honeymoon in Antigua, some of the hotel staff had a hard time serving a West Indian man who'd married a white woman.
"One woman was so flustered by us, she couldn't even pour Suzy a cup of tea," JJ recalls.
"There's too many shades of brown happening right now for that to be able to continue." JJ and Suzy have been together for almost two decades, married for the bulk of that time.
They've travelled the world and noticed that shade toward interracial couples comes in all sorts of accents.So, yeah, even interracial dating preferences can be racist."We're one generation away from that old-school mentality being done with," says Toronto radio personality JJ King."Part of it is because people online are just horrible trolls," says writer/director Jeff Nichols during an interview at TIFF."That's where racists live and breathe." Nichols (Take Shelter, Midnight Special) is at the festival with Loving (see review and interview), an intimate and powerful look back at the relationship between Richard and Mildred Loving.So a handful of couples joined us to represent Toronto's interracial scene and offer some insight on what struggles still persist almost 50 years after the Loving case.